Habits Don’t Take Vacations

Summer has finally arrived – well, according to the calendar anyway – and for many this means setting out on long planned vacations, hanging out at the cabin on the lake, hiking in the mountains or just using this time to enjoy doing those things that -30° temperatures make difficult doing at other times of the year.

As you know, my work enables me to connect with clients to develop the requisite mindset(s) necessary for the development and sustainment of the habits necessary to produce desired results in their lives.

And so each year as we enter the summer months a question that comes up repeatedly in client meetings is, “Do I have to continue my affirmations, new eating regimen, workout schedule, getting up early and all the other stuff that we are working on while I am off enjoying some faraway, exotic, tropical paradise?”

I always respond the same way: No, you don’t have to do anything. The choices we have made have brought each of us to where we are today, and you can choose to do whatever you want. However, if you want to jeopardize losing all of the traction you have gained over the last number of months by doing the things necessary to move yourself from where you are to where you want to be, then go ahead and take a vacation from your habits.

But, and it is a BIG but, if you want to maintain all of the traction you have gained over the last number of months by doing the things necessary to move yourself from where you are to where you want to be,  then yes, to do anything other than to honor the work and commitment thus far is not optional.   

Habits Don’t Rest

Habits, I can assure you, never take vacations. They are always present.  In fact, they lie in waiting for you to take your eye off the prize – even if only for a few hours, so they can regain the foothold they once had.  This means that every time you let down your guard, the old ways return with a vengeance, causing one to have start all over again.  Do this often enough and it is not uncommon to hear someone exasperatedly explain this is why I can’t stop (fill in the blank).

Instead of asking why can’t I take a break for a few weeks, reframe the requirement so that you will know that when you can keep focused on a new habit – even when you are on the trip of a life time – you have successfully shifted your beliefs, actions and behaviours.

This is the new you! 

Avoid Backsliding

If you think of habits as a perpetual game of Snakes and Ladders, you can begin to strategize how best to optimize the ladders while becoming more aware of and mitigating the snakes.  This simple and powerful analogy can help to keep those things that would most jeopardize your progress to a minimum.  With this top of mind, you need not fear what happens with the roll of the dice because you are in full control of your life, your happiness and your destiny.

So, go ahead, enjoy every moment in the sun. And take just a few moments each day to do all those things you know you need to do to ensure a wonderful tomorrow.

Till we read again.

But Wait, There’s More.

You, me, all of us share the same goal. You want to be happy. Of course, happiness is uniquely defined by each of us and you agree that happiness is the result of the attainment of your desires.

You know getting there requires complete mastery of your emotions in order to create and sustain powerful, new habits which must include the habit of an unconquerable mindset and the certainty of supreme confidence in yourself and your abilities.

And there are daunting barriers that are keeping you from the life you dream of:

  • You struggle with limiting beliefs which hinder your efforts to produce your desired results.
  • You feel feelings of inadequacy.
  • You experience relentless frustration.
  • You increasingly think of giving up.

Living with fear and uncertainty, which are simply products of your mindset and beliefs, is not what you want.

I have been exactly where you are today, and I learned how to do what must be done.

Sine then I have helped hundreds of people build the life of their dreams.

And many of those have done this by participating in my OBSESSION – 100 Days to Optimal Performance intense coaching cohort.

OBSESSION begins with a two-day intense workshop and then 100 days of dedicated commitment to personal excellence. During the 100 days you will interact weekly with your chosen cohort partner as meet with me up to 10 times for one-on-one personal coaching.

After 100 days you will look like you look today but everything else about you will be different.

And this summer, for the first and only time, I am offering this life-changing opportunity to a few brave and adventurous people for a 50% discount off the standard price.

But only this time.

This discounted offer will never be repeated. And only 20 seats are available.

We need to talk. Call me at 403 802 3476 or email me at rael@strategicpathways.net and schedule a meeting to discover what OBSESSION will do for you.

Henry David Thoreau said: The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.

OBSESSION will have you belting out your songs for the entire world to hear.

You will sculpt the life you have always wanted and become your own hero.

Call 403 802 3476 or email rael@strategicpathways.net

I’m standing by.

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